Campus Sint Lucas
THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IN BELGIUM
‘Campus Sint Lucas’ in Antwerpen was built just after the Second World War. Most of the hospital was eventually demolished in 2011, leaving only the castle that was built in 1903.
Sint Lucas was built around the already existing castle Hof Van Delft, dating 1903. It was designed by architects Hendrik and Leonard Blomme.
The site was sold in 1945 and it was reconverted into a clinic during 1946. The new wings were designed by Maurice De Meester and were taken into use in 1948. This clinic was later expanded to include a psychiatric wing around 1968. At last it took two years to complete the building.
In 1987 the maternity wing closed down. During the year 2000 the hospital moved out and shortly the buildings were used as a home for asylum seekers. About 125 refugees found a home in the old clinic.
In time the buildings, nicknamed HH3 by urban explorers, were abandoned in 2010. Within a year the buildings were in such a bad state they had to be demolished. Both local youth and other unwanted visitors trashed the place completely and even set fire to it several times. I visited the hospital ‘Campus Sint Lucas’ in 2011. Not much later, in the summer of 2011 the building was demolished. The protected old castle is still here today.